NASA Releases November Highlights in the Solar System; Here are some tips for looking at the sky


A partial lunar eclipse, sunset planets and returning winter stars are just some of the November highlights in the solar system, according to NASA.

A NASA science report clarified that from November 6 to 11, the Moon is expected to pass planets, including Saturn, Jupiter and Venus, after sunset in the southwest.

Specifically, if one comes out on November 7, it will find the four-day crescent moon at about two degrees of Venus, which is something you can’t miss. And from now until early December, Jupiter and Saturn will move slightly closer to Venus each night.

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Pleiades star cluster

Partial lunar eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse is about to occur on the night of November 18 and 19, when the Moon slips into Earth’s shadow for several hours.

Weather permitting, the eclipse will be viewed from any location where the Moon appears above the horizon during the eclipse. Depending on the location, it will take place earlier or later in the evening.

The above is a massive swath of Earth that we will see at least part of the eclipse, which includes North and South America, Australia, the Pacific region. It is therefore essential to check the moment of visibility of the eclipse in a particular area.

For observers on the east coast of the United States, the partial eclipse begins a range after 2 a.m., approaching its maximum at 4 a.m.

Partial lunar eclipses might not be as noticeable as full total lunar eclipses, where the Moon is completely covered in Earth’s shadow, although they do occur more often.

“Trojan asteroids”

All this month, if you go to bed late and look east, he will be able to observe that some familiar companions have started to get up late in the evening.

The familiar northern winter sky stars return late, rise late in the evening, and stay high at dawn in the south.

Sky map that shows the sites of many Trojan asteroids that the recently launched NASA spacecraft Lucy is about to visit.

They are faint enough to see without a massive telescope, although their positions in the sky are close to the Pleiades star cluster.

The Pleiades star cluster

The Pleiades star cluster, as depicted in which directs the constellations Taurus the Taurus and the hunter Orion, followed by Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, all back to accompany observers on the long winter nights in the northern hemisphere.

A funny thing to note about the November Pleiades is that many of the eight asteroids from NASA’s Lucy mission are located in this part of the sky.

The Lucy spacecraft was launched from Space Launch Complex 41 in mid-October 2021, at the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida.

This will be the very first space mission to explore such a distinctive group of asteroids, offering new insight into the formation and history of the solar system.

Related information about the NASA highlight in November can be found on the NASA JPL YouTube video below:

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